hypnosis

noun
hyp·​no·​sis | \ hip-ˈnō-səs How to pronounce hypnosis (audio) \
plural hypnoses\ hip-​ˈnō-​ˌsēz How to pronounce hypnoses (audio) \

Definition of hypnosis

1 : a trancelike state that resembles sleep but is induced by a person whose suggestions are readily accepted by the subject
2 : any of various conditions that resemble sleep

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Synonyms for hypnosis

Synonyms

hypnotism, mesmerism

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Examples of hypnosis in a Sentence

He underwent hypnosis to treat his fear of water. While under hypnosis, she described the horrific accident in detail.

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Harden reaches a similar result by way of hypnosis: bouncing the ball back and forth, lunging and receding. Rob Mahoney, SI.com, "Why the Pairing of Russell Westbrook and James Harden Won’t Be a Simple Fit," 12 July 2019 Experts say hypnosis is best used in tandem with traditional treatments, or when those methods have been exhausted and failed to provide relief. Cotton Codinha, Allure, "Can Hypnotherapy Actually Help Treat Pain and Anxiety?," 21 June 2019 That doesn’t mean that hypnosis should be performed in a vacuum. Cotton Codinha, Allure, "Can Hypnotherapy Actually Help Treat Pain and Anxiety?," 21 June 2019 The problem with that theory is that hypnosis does not exist, either. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, "There’s No Such Thing as ‘Brainwashing’," 16 June 2019 His technique remains the basis of the modern practice of therapeutic hypnosis. National Geographic, "Was this hypnotic health craze an elaborate hoax or a medical breakthrough?," 5 Mar. 2019 Several priests used hypnosis during counseling sessions to manipulate their victims. Mark Scolforo, Fox News, "Prosecutor: Priests 'weaponized' the faith to abuse kids," 16 Aug. 2018 For two hours, Lleyton Hewitt moved from side to side along the worn baseline today, producing the same sleepy effect of a watch swinging a patient into hypnosis. Christopher Clarey, New York Times, "In Tennis, the Backward Cap Makes No Sense. Nevertheless, It Persists.," 19 Jan. 2018 People respond to hypnosis to varying degrees and different ways, but most people for whom the procedure works experience a sense of calm and relaxation. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Keira Knightley Used Hypnosis to Help Deal With Stress Early in Her Career," 5 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of hypnosis

1876, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for hypnosis

New Latin

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The first known use of hypnosis was in 1876

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hypnosis

noun

English Language Learners Definition of hypnosis

: a state that resembles sleep but in which you can hear and respond to questions or suggestions

hypnosis

noun
hyp·​no·​sis | \ hip-ˈnō-səs How to pronounce hypnosis (audio) \

Kids Definition of hypnosis

: a state which resembles sleep but is produced by a person who can then make suggestions to which the person in this state can respond

hypnosis

noun
hyp·​no·​sis | \ hip-ˈnō-səs How to pronounce hypnosis (audio) \
plural hypnoses\ -​ˌsēz How to pronounce hypnoses (audio) \

Medical Definition of hypnosis

1 : a trancelike state of altered consciousness that resembles sleep but is induced by a person whose suggestions are readily accepted by the subject
2 : any of various conditions that resemble sleep

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